Water is such an important resource and at times very scarce in Australia. Everyone must do their bit to use it efficiently, but why not save money at the same time? Potable water (drinking water) costs can vary from $1 to $10 per kilolitre making recycling or reuse an attractive proposition.

Sydney has been recycling their water since the 1960s. They started with small irrigation projects and now produce billions of litres of recycled water each year.

Recycled water is really just water. Wastewater that has been used in homes or businesses is put through a multi-step treatment process to remove impurities. The purified water can be used in many ways such as irrigation, heavy industry processes or washing of non-critical products/areas.

Recycling water makes our supply more secure and sustainable.
 

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Recycling and Reuse projects

GEM and Solar Manufacturing Business: Austchilli, Bundaberg

Key outcomes

  • 30% load reduction
  • Payback of 4-5 years (ahead of our predictions)
  • Cash-flow positive from the first quarter

Privately owned Austchilli is a leader in the food manufacturing industry, and the largest chilli company in Australia. Founded in 1995 and based in Bundaberg in regional Queensland, the vertically integrated farming agribusiness uses sustainable farming practices with products supplied to multi-national companies and the Australian market.

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GEM and Hybrid Solar Schools: Bundaberg Christian College

Key outcomes

  • Savings of AUD$100,000 per on electricity
  • Reduced power usage by up to 80%
  • Payback period of seven years
  • Cash flow postitive from the first quarter
  • Over 400% return on investment before batteries need replacing
  • Savings over the life of the system around AUD$2,500,000
  • Generation of about AUD$20,000 in Large-Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) per year

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ETS Installs SHARC Waste Water Heat Recovery for World's Largest Wool Tester

Key outcomes

  • $775k savings over 20 years
  • 37% reduction in gas consumption
  • 4.5 year 'simple' payback 

ETS provided AWTA with the patented SHARC heat recovery system, which captures waste heat that would otherwise be lost to sewerage each day. This heat recovery has resulted in a 37% saving in gas heating costs for AWTA, which will equate to an enormous $775k over 20 years. 

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ICT Companies Reduce The Cost of Waste and Drive Efficiency

Key outcomes

  • Cost savings and controls across the business
  • Improved margins on product resale
  • Process efficiency and customer satisfaction rating
  • Effective environmental compliance and hard data to report CSR performance
Problem Summary
Infoactiv’s program ‘ECOACTIV’ helps ICT companies overcome these common challenges of trying to efficiently manage product recovery and reverse logistics activity:
  • Internal resource constraints
  • Missed opportunities to promote environmental credentials and CSR activity
  • Need to reduce "greentape" and compliance costs
  • Limited organisational understanding of product stewardship and waste management compliance
  • Inadequate visibility, tracking, reporting and control across business processes

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Meat Production Turning Waste Into Biogas

Key Outcomes

  • Total project value: €3 million
  • ​Implementation of biogas plant where no source of existing anaerobic bacteria was available
  • Full operating load being digested into biogas plant
  • Significant reduction in greenhouse gas, odour emissions and solid waste disposal
  • 70% reduction in bunker oil consumption and market exposure
The Project

Finn Biogas worked with their client to build an on-site biogas plant converting manure, rumen content, fatty waste and blood into biogas which is now used to fire an on-site boiler for rendering operations. 

 

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Meat Production Turning Waste Into Biogas

Key Outcomes

  • Total project value: €3 million
  • ​Implementation of biogas plant where no source of existing anaerobic bacteria was available
  • Full operating load being digested into biogas plant
  • Significant reduction in greenhouse gas, odour emissions and solid waste disposal
  • 70% reduction in bunker oil consumption and market exposure
The Project

Finn Biogas worked with their client to build an on-site biogas plant converting manure, rumen content, fatty waste and blood into biogas which is now used to fire an on-site boiler for rendering operations. 

 

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On-site energy system saving $1M per year

Key outcomes

  • Cost saving of $1 million per annum
  • Received a $2 million Federal Government Grant
  • Project value $6.5M + $1.5M
  • Recipient of multiple awards

From feasibility to operation, ETS orchestrated the completion of one of the largest on-site energy systems of its kind at the iconic Bulla Dairy Foods Frozen Goods facility in Colac, Victoria.

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Converting heat waste into energy used for mine cooling

Key outcomes

  • Cost savings of $2.7 million per annum
  • Total project value $5.5 million
  • 18 month payback period
  • Saves 5000 tonnes of CO2 per annum

The ST Barbara mine in Leonora, Western Australia, had multiple gas generators which were producing heat waste. ETS was engaged to design and install an exhaust system which captures that waste heat and turns it into 5.6MW of additional capacity. The mine uses this additional capacity for its underground cooling system which means that traditional and much more expensive methods of expanding the cooling capacity were no longer required.

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ETS Upgrades CQ CitiClub Hotel’s Energy Efficiency with Tailored CHP Solution

Key outcomes

  • Savings in excess of $100,000 per year in lighting, power and heating
  • 27% reduction in carbon emissions 

Developing and installing environmentally-friendly systems such as combined heat and power (CHP), waste heat recovery, waste-to-energy and renewables technology, ETS tailors innovative solutions to help clients meet their emissions reduction objectives.

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